Peter Hoeg's first novel is an interweaving of the lives and loves of four families, within which histories time expands, clocks stop or race forward at will.
The dreams and disappointments of the children of the author's magnificent imagination foreshadow the themes of Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow and Borderliners.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 31/03/1997
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781860462603
- Paperback from £9.99
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Review by kirstiecat
This novel has a really intriguing set of stories that all connect in the later half and with those stories come bizarre and wonderful characters. At times it is subtly fantastical and at other times quite realistic. The concepts are quite interesting-a Count who wants to stop time and believes he is living at the center of the Earth, an illiterate newspaper heiress who is able to predict the future, a family of carnival thieves, the daughter of a religious man who can separate herself into several different beings, and more. At the same time, I really thought the ending was a bit of a cop out..though I don't want to say anything more about that for those who haven't read it. I also thought the narrator was too inconsistent with whether this was truly a book of dreams or based on reality. I think the novel would have been much stronger if he had chosen one.